Alan moved to Maidstone for a degree in Art & Design. He started his career in an advertising agency followed by the newspaper industry where he won several awards for Creative Design in Advertising. By 22 he was the Kent Messenger Deputy Studio Head for the county. Head-hunted by part of the KM group, Adverkit International as Deputy Chief Executive at the age of just 24 which progressed to the role of Director. Alan has presented at many seminars and conferences for the newspaper industry and wrote regularly in Adverkit’s monthly publications. He also helped create The Association of Free Newspapers and run their annual conferences. He was lead judge for The Newspaper Society’s Advertising and Creative Awards. Adverkit added a publishing arm and Alan was a director of South East Farmer and launched a new publication called Riding in the South East whilst with Harvest Publications. He also designed and assisted the launch of Good Morning Sunday, a local Kent newspaper and Docklands Property magazine.
Alan is sole trader of Custom Marketing Resources, a business providing creative work including branding, websites, print and ‘joined up marketing’, a subject even beyond most larger agencies. Alan caters for large and small businesses, as well as start ups. Services also include PR, editorial, copywriting, events, social media. general advice and guidance. He was Maidstone’s longest serving Chamber President. He founded and runs South Maidstone and Lenham Valley Business Associations. He has just resigned after 11 years with a local charity where he ended as Joint Chairman of Homeless Care in Maidstone. A multi-talented creative, he is an accomplished writer (HMG Intellectual Property Office featured his articles, as have the KM Business section, Start Your Own Business, Thinking Business and others). Designer, photographer and speaker, much of Alan’s work revolves around local companies.
He has been on radio, television and, following a friend writing a film script inspired by part of his life, now has a cameo in Afua’s Diary. The film has been nominated 7 times around the world, and premiered in Accra. Fresh off the script writers pad 'Victoria Island' will be the second feature film Alan will be in. He's also listed as Executive Producer, busy man.
Alan has travelled to a variety of world-wide destinations for both business and pleasure including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Corfu, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Libya, Philippines, Portugal, Madeira, Malaysia, Monaco, Myanmar, Tenerife, Thailand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales and several places in America, including Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Long Island, Los Angeles, New York, Peoria, Phoenix, San Francisco, Steamboat Springs, Vail and Washington. He enjoys life to the full.